After a long holiday afternoon and evening that included riding on a fire truck, watching fireworks, and driving home (an hour away), everyone slept in, except the two-year old and me. We had a nice conversation while sharing a banana. I haven’t had many chances with just him alone, so that was a sweet start to the day. It’s been a great get together for the cousins and Grandma. They are growing so fast.

Just like the differences between my kids, these three grandchildren have distinct likes and dislikes. The littlest one is obviously a tractor kind of kid, like his uncle, the oldest is an animal lover, the cats, the dogs, horses, she loves them all. The middle one is our engineer, give him a lego set and he’s happy.

I got the six and seven year olds to help me with my current book project (the one with dragons). Their job was to think up what kind of weapons these dragons would have in battle. Amazing! Already, they’ve seen enough shows to have BIG opinions on such important matters. With helpers such as these, it’s sure to be a success.

Big drops, I mean BIG drops of rain are falling right now. The wheat is ready to be harvested except for the wet ground from all the rain, so I worry when I see clouds like the ones going over as I write. They could mean hail for many farmers, which is a disaster that none of them need. The crop looks so promising this year after some tough drought years. Hoping and praying for the best is all that can be done now. In several areas, the recent heavy rain laid the wheat over, which means a very slow harvest trying to pick up the stalks with the combine in order to cut them. A slow harvest means more chances for hail. Not an easy life at all.

and so it goes…

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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